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A Beginner's Guide to Sharpening Your Kitchen Knives with a Sharpening Steel

If you've ever had to use a blunt kitchen knife, you know how frustrating it can be. Not only is it difficult to cut through food with a dull blade, but you're also more likely to injure yourself. That's why it's important to keep your kitchen knives sharpened. One way to do this is by using a sharpening steel. In this blog post, we'll teach you how to use a sharpening steel properly so that your knives will be razor-sharp in no time!

What is a sharpening steel and what are its benefits?

A sharpening steel is a metal rod that is used to maintain the sharpness of a knife. The steel rod is usually made from hardened carbon steel or ceramic. It has a long, slender shape with a pointed end. They're an essential tool for any kitchen as they help to keep knives sharp and ready for use and they can also be used on other types of blades, such as scissors and axes.

How do you use a sharpening steel to sharpen your knives correctly?

A sharp knife is a cook's best friend. With a sharp blade, you can make quick work of even the most challenging tasks in the kitchen. However, even the sharpest knife will eventually become dull with use. When this happens, it's time to break out the sharpening steel. Sharpening steel is specifically designed to help keep your knives sharp, and it's a relatively simple process once you get the hang of it.

To use a sharpening steel correctly, start by holding the steel in your non-dominant hand. Then, take your knife in your dominant hand and place the blade at a 20-degree angle to the steel. Slowly drag the blade down the steel from heel to tip, applying even pressure. Repeat this motion 10-15 times on each side of the blade. Finally, rinse off the knife and check for sharpness. If necessary, repeat the process until the desired level of sharpness is achieved.

How to care for and store your sharpening steel so that it will last for years to come

A sharpening steel is the best tool for keeping your knives in top condition but if you don't take care of it, it'll quickly become unusable. Here are a few tips on how to care for and store your sharpening steel so that it will last for years to come. 

First, always clean your sharpening steel after each use. A simple wipe down with a damp cloth is all that's needed. Be sure to remove any built-up residue from the steel as this can damage the blade. Second, store your sharpening steel in a dry place out of direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause the steel to rust and damage the blade. Lastly, never put your sharpening steel in the dishwasher as the harsh detergents can damage the blade. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your sharpening steel will be on hand ready to sharpen your knives for many years ahead.

By following these simple tips, you'll be sharpening your knives like a pro in no time! If you'd like a demonstration on how to correctly use a sharpening steel call in to see us at the Knifeshop Australia and we'd be happy to show you

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